Sheffield Wednesday footballer not guilty of racially abusing opponent before mass brawl

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SHEFFIELD Wednesday footballer Fernando Forestieri has been found not guilty of racially abusing an opposition player before a mass brawl.

Sheffield Wednesday footballer Fernando Forestieri found not guilty

CASE: Sheffield Wednesday footballer Fernando Forestieri has been found not guilty (Pic: PA)

Forestieri, 29, had been accused of calling Mansfield Town defender Krystian Pearce “a n****r” during a pre-season friendly at the One Call Stadium on July 24 last year, because he was “frustrated”.

But a district judge at Mansfield Magistrates’ Court ruled it was possible the Mansfield captain may have misheard Forestieri, who claimed he was only insulting him in Spanish.

Forestieri said he “swore on his son’s life” he did not racially abuse the Barbados international, claiming he must have been mistaken.

He was found not guilty of racially aggravated harassment and using threatening words or behaviour.

The game ended in a 2-1 win for home side Mansfield.

But there was a “40-man brawl” after Forestieri was booked for a scissor tackle on defender Hayden White just after the 80th minute.

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